Children read books in the Gaodian Public Welfare Library. (Photo courtesy of Bird's Nest Reading Plan)
Taiwan Straits Network April 24th According to Xiamen Daily, Xiamen's first urban village public welfare library, the Andou Public Welfare Library, has been open for three years. It records the stories of the children in the village in the city, the changes brought about by reading ... and more and more such stories. There are 10 and two are in preparation. The Village in the City Public Welfare Library is becoming an increasingly important "accessory" in the village in the city.
Yesterday was World Book Day. We visited the Village Charity Library to tell their stories and trace their development.
Change from throwing garbage in the hall to quiet reading
At about 4 pm, at the gate of Gaodian Public Welfare Library, a group of children came to "report" on time. They are children in the lower grades living in the Gaodian community, and most of them are children of migrant workers. They sat on the steps in front of the library door, quickly finished eating snacks, and after collecting their garbage, they quietly walked into the library, took off their shoes and went into the reading area.
"They did change a lot." Ding Yong greeted the children with a smile. He is the founder of the Bird's Nest Reading Program, the founder of public libraries such as Andou, Xipan, and Dianqian. He is also the leader of the children and takes their changes one by one. "It wasn't like this before." He recalled that when the Andou Public Welfare Library first opened in 2016, there were not a few children who ate and drank drinks in the library, and even thrown garbage directly on the floor, sometimes from time to time. Contradictory and big hit situations.
Ding Yong patiently told the children what to do and what should not be done—he set the rules for small libraries, compiled them smoothly and let the children read and recite them, and in a subtle way, taught them what a good public order should be . After half a year, the number of registered people in the museum jumped from 200 to 1,200.
Six months after the opening of the pavilion, when the parents picked up their children to go home, they were shirtless and yelled at their children's names. They never even showed up again. They even took the initiative to remind the children to whisper and be gentle with each other.
Dreams, write your dreams, and put them on the wall
Along (pseudonym) is a child who impressed Ding Yong. At first, in the fourth grade, he had fights, petty thieves, and bullying. "I bought the expedition book he liked, and then asked him, what is your dream? He said, Uncle Ding, I want to be 'Hawkin Second'." Ding Yong asked him to write on the paper and sign it on the library. Wall. "I told him that to realize his dream, the thief wouldn't work if he didn't change." After that, I could feel that Along was more humble and quiet, and he also left those bad partners.
There is also a fifth-year girl Xiao Xuan (pseudonym), whose parents work outside the island, almost never ask her daughter to grow up-she often needs to beg her parents to see her once, and then hysterically complains that her parents are "not trustworthy." . The lack of care led to her grumpy, and she always clashed with her colleagues at Andou Public Welfare Library. "But reading changed her a lot." Ding Yong said, the turning point was that Xiao Xuan read a set of books on teenage growth. After reading a book, her temper was restrained a lot.